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Volume 6, Issue 82 (Saturday, July 9th)

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Hi Folks,

Thanks to our Aaron Rudnicki for rounding up these stories tonight. I hope you have a great Sunday. Let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. HOU - RB Domanick Davis Negotiating Long Term Contract
2. CIN - WR Peter Warrick Healthy Again
3. WAS - OT Jon Jansen Happy To Play After Injury
4. STL - RB Steven Jackson Ready To Become Rams Feature Back
5. QB Tim Couch Should Be Ready To Audition Next Month
6. CLE - Browns Considering Trading WR Andre Davis?
7. IDP: DEN - LB Terry Pierce Hoping To Make An Impact This Year
8. IDP: DEN - DE Courtney Brown Gets Second Chance
9. IDP: MIN - Linebacker Situation Unclear; Secondary Concern
10. IDP - USC DT Manuel Wright Draws Mixed Reviews
11. IDP: GB - Packers Unlikely To Budge For DT Grady Jackson

1. HOU - RB Domanick Davis Negotiating Long Term Contract

Clipped from: NFL.com article by Adam Schefter, 7/8/05

The Texans are determined to lock up Domanick Davis for future seasons before the third-year running back can become a restricted free agent. The two sides soon will be discussing a long-term contract extension that would keep Davis, now aiming for his third consecutive 1,000-plus-yard rushing season, in Houston for at least the next five seasons.

It is expected to be completed by the time the Texans break training camp later this summer. But first, the Texans want to get deals done with each of their six draft picks. Once they do, they will move on to business with Davis, who despite being scheduled to make $380,000 this season in the last year of his three-year contract has attended all the Texans' OTAs.

Davis will turn 25 in October, and once his new deal is signed -- and it would be a major upset if it weren't -- he can bank on spending the prime years of his career in Houston.

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Nice scoop from NFL Network's Adam Schefter. This looks like good news for Davis owners out there. Based on his production the past two years, Davis had to be one of the most underpaid players in the league. While a big money contract would certainly be a nice incentive for Davis to go out and have a huge year, a holdout and/or contentious contract negotiation would have been tough for him to overcome and could give rookie RB Vernand Morency a better chance to unseat him.

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2. CIN - WR Peter Warrick Healthy Again

Clipped from: NFL.com article by Adam Schefter, 7/8/05

For much of the offseason, speculation persisted that Cincinnati would part ways with Warrick, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. But not anymore.

Now, for the first time since the beginning of last season, Warrick seems to be fully recovered from a shin injury he suffered in Week 1 last season and forced him on to the injured reserve list in November.

Those close to Warrick insist he has made a great recovery and his situation is promising. They believe he can come closer to the numbers he posted two years ago (79 receptions), than the ones he had last season (11).

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With all 11 starters returning this year, the Bengals offense looks poised for a very big year. While Chad Johnson and TJ Houshmandzadeh have a solid grasp on the starting WR jobs, Warrick looks like he could be ready to reclaim a job as the slot WR. Despite being just 1 year removed from a season that saw him finish as the #16 ranked fantasy WR, he's currently flying way under the radar of most fantasy owners. His recent injury history certainly makes him a risky draft choice, but he'll likely be available on the preseason waiver wire in most leagues and could pay big dividends later on.

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3. WAS - OT Jon Jansen Happy To Play After Injury

Clipped from: DailyPress.com article by Michael C. Wright, 7/9/05

Jansen, one of the NFL's most durable players, had missed just one play in his first five seasons with the Washington Redskins, starting in 80 games. Nicknamed "Rock," he earned a reputation for durability and toughness in college at Michigan, where he started a school-record 50 consecutive games at right tackle.

"I just thought I'd always be there," Jansen said. "Everybody else thought I'd always be there."

But he wasn't. Writhing in pain on the Fawcett Stadium turf during the first quarter of the Redskins' 20-17 preseason win over the Denver Broncos last year, Jansen said he "knew before I hit the ground what had happened."

Recovery would take a full season. He knew that too.

"But still you think you can wake up the next day and you can tape it up," he said. "There's some way that you can make it feel OK to go out to play. For a long time, I thought maybe there was something I could do to get myself back faster."

Jansen couldn't. So the Redskins eventually inserted then 41-year-old Ray Brown into the starting lineup at right tackle. He performed admirably, but the club's quarterbacks suffered a combined 37 sacks for 239 yards in lost yardage.

The team finished the season 6-10, in part because of shoddy line play. "When that injury happened last year, it took quite a bit away from us," coach Joe Gibbs said. "We went through some instability there in the line for a while."

"Obviously, not only from an ability standpoint, Jon brings a lot to the team," quarterback Patrick Ramsey said. "He's a vocal guy and a guy with a great attitude. He seems to be very healthy. He's worked every day out here, and I haven't seen him even sore yet. Needless to say, we're all excited about having him back."

Fully healed, Jansen says his injured Achilles' tendon isn't stiff during workouts and he doesn't have to ice it after practice. He doesn't even think about last year's season-ending injury.

He is too busy joking, laughing, showing those teeth. Jansen looks forward to "the first day of training camp, when I get to put the pads back on and I get to really feel what it is to be a football player again. "I enjoy the contact, I enjoy the physicality of the game," he said.

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Jansen's injury last year had a domino effect on the Redskins offense. The shuffling on the offensive line hindered the performance of Clinton Portis, who wound up with a disappointing 3.8 yards per carry, and also made things very difficult for the Redskins QBs. A healthy Jansen and Chris Samuels should give the Redskins one of the best tackle tandems in the league and help improve the overall efficiency of the offense this year.

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4. STL - RB Steven Jackson Ready To Become Rams Feature Back

Clipped from: Las Vegas Review-Journal article by Joe Hawk, 7/9/05

Although he thought he was prepared at the time, Steven Jackson admits now that his first season in the NFL carried more of a "Wow!" factor than he believed it would. "Here I was playing against guys that I had watched forever. ... Wow!" Jackson says, a little awe still ringing in his voice. "That was really something."

Interestingly, by late in his rookie season, it was the bruising 6-foot-2-inch, 235-pound Jackson who was inspiring awe and creating a few double takes around the league. So much so, in fact, that in February -- just one month after the Rams had concluded their season with a 47-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL divisional playoff game -- coach Mike Martz announced Jackson would replace veteran Marshall Faulk as St. Louis' featured back in 2005.

OK, that unexpected announcement held a bit of a "Wow!" factor for Jackson, too. "The news of me being a starter, that kind of caught me off guard. (The team) didn't give me any forewarning," explains Jackson, a first-round pick of St. Louis in 2004. "I expected to hear it in a more private setting. But I'm definitely ready for what it brings. I'm more relaxed now and ready to do what's necessary."

Jackson's right knee, on which he had arthroscopic surgery after the season, is back to being healthy.

Following league players who last year voted the AstroTurf surface at the Edward Jones Dome as the second worst in the league, Jackson attributed its hardness as the major reason for his knee problems. But two months ago the Rams announced that the more giving -- and forgiving -- rubberized FieldTurf will be installed before this coming season.

"Too bad I had to go through a knee injury for it to be done," Jackson says. "But I'm glad the people of St. Louis really care about my health."

They should, considering the new importance he brings to the Rams' offense in 2005. As a first-year player, Jackson rushed for 673 yards and four touchdowns on 134 carries, with his 5.0-yards-per-carry average ranking 15th best in the league. He fumbled in his first game, against the Arizona Cardinals, but then went the rest of the regular season and two playoff games without a turnover.

Now, Jackson, in the second season of a five-year contract, will be handed the ball more frequently.

Meanwhile, Faulk -- who helped the Rams go to two Super Bowls in a three-year span (1999, 2001) and was the first player in league history with four consecutive seasons gaining a combined 2,000 yards rushing and receiving but has seen his numbers decrease dramatically over recent years because of injuries -- will be used as more of a "change-of-pace" back.

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Jackson displays a lot more humility than a lot of 1st round picks, and that will likely help smooth out the transition as he takes over for Faulk as the feature back in the Rams offense. With a weapon like Jackson on the roster, Martz would be wise to take full advantage of his abilities and run the ball more than they have in the past. Martz has shown a stubborn unwillingness to commit to the run in the past, however, so we'll wait and see if he really means it this time. The turf upgrade should also be a good change for Jackson and the other Rams offensive players.

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5. QB Tim Couch Should Be Ready To Audition Next Month

Clipped from: ESPN.com article by Len Pasquarelli, 7/8/05

On the subject of backup quarterbacks, one name that always seems to elude mention when people talk about veterans still available, and who might yet fit into the No. 2 role somewhere, is that of Tim Couch. Despite his physical problems, and the fact Couch sat out the entire 2004 season, it would be premature at this point to write off the former Cleveland Browns starter and the top player chosen overall in the 1999 draft.

Although still rehabilitating from early February shoulder and elbow surgeries, and perhaps five weeks away from being able to cut loose at 100 percent velocity, Couch has begun throwing again, ESPN.com has confirmed. His current routine has him up to 45 passes, at a distance of about 35 yards, three times per week. Each of the sessions is being taped and, after he throws, Couch retreats to a video machine to scrutinize his mechanics. At some point in the near future, agents Tom Condon and Ken Kremer will send the tapes to one of IMG Football's quarterbacks coach and/or offensive coordinator clients for more assessment.

On his current timetable, and assuming there are no physical setbacks, Couch may be able to audition for interested teams sometime next month. While such a workout would be a couple weeks into training camps, the timing could actually be fortuitous for Couch. By that point, coaches will have a handle on some of their younger backups, and perhaps be ready to bring in a proven veteran. And mid-August certainly wouldn't be too late for Couch to assimilate a playbook.

Couch is still just 27 years old, and if his arm is sound, there is no reason he can't play 10 more years in the league. His 59 career starts are more than 17 of the projected No. 1 quarterbacks around the league can claim on their resumes going into the 2005 season.

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As Pasquarelli points out, Couch is still just 27 years old and is almost certain to get a second chance somewhere if he can prove that his arm is healthy again. There aren't too many backup QB jobs available around the league, but a place like Seattle might be a great fit for him. Regardless of what happens, he still has a long ways to go to get back on the field somewhere and isn't likely to make much of an impact in 2005.

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6. CLE - Browns Considering Trading WR Andre Davis?

Clipped from: ESPN.com article by Len Pasquarelli, 7/8/05

A guy who provided some big plays for Couch during the quarterback's ill-fated tenure in Cleveland was wide receiver Andre' Davis, a second-round choice in 2002, and a pure burner. It hasn't taken long for new Browns quarterback Trent Dilfer to discover Davis, a player whom he absolutely gushed over during the team's mini-camp last month. "When I came here, I knew nothing about him, nothing at all," Dilfer told ESPN.com. "But that guy can play. Apparently, a lot of people felt like he was just a track-type guy who wasn't a legitimate (football) player. I'm telling you, he can be a big-time receiver."

Whether or not Davis fulfills his potential in a Cleveland uniform, though, remains to be seen. The Browns aren't exactly shopping Davis around the league but there have been some casual trade discussions with at least one team, the Seattle Seahawks, and there could be a few other clubs interested as well.

A deal involving Davis, who averaged a gaudy 26 yards on 16 catches in 2004 before a toe injury prematurely ended his season after just seven appearances, could make sense for both franchises. The release of the troubled Koren Robinson means the Seahawks don't really have a viable vertical threat. Reliable veteran Bobby Engram, projected as the starter in Robinson's stead, is an accomplished receiver, but has always worked best out of the slot and is more noted as a possession guy. He has converted two-thirds of his catches into first downs, but in nine years, Engram has only eight receptions of 40 yards or more. And at age 32, Engram has started more than seven games in a season since 1999. The two veteran free agents signed in the offseason, Jerome Pathon and Joe Jurevicius, are also viewed more as intermediate receivers. And despite leading Seattle in receptions in three of the last four seasons, Darrell Jackson isn't a long-ball threat, even with a career 14.7-yard average. Davis would certainly stretch secondaries for coach Mike Holmgren and provide a lot more room in which the other receivers could operate.

From Cleveland's standpoint, Davis might be a bit extraneous. The coaches seem to like Dennis Northcutt and Antonio Bryant and the new football regime in Cleveland didn't use the third overall choice in the draft on Braylon Edwards, an engaging youngster with great marketing potential for a club that sorely needs to reconnect with its loyal fans.

One caveat: Davis is entering the final season of his original NFL contract, and any team interested in the former Virginia Tech standout will want to sign him to an extension. Then again, it might be worth it, especially if Dilfer's assessment is accurate, and Davis is poised for a breakout season. Agent Kennard McGuire said Friday there have been no extension discussions, but also noted that his client would not be averse to a trade. Davis has averaged 15.2 yards per catch in his career, and has scored a touchdown every 7.2 receptions, an excellent ratio.

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Davis got off to a great start last year before suffering a toe injury that knocked him out for the season. The Browns are currently rather crowded at WR with Braylon Edwards, Antonio Bryant, and Dennis Northcutt all expected to compete for playing time. Seattle brought in some veteran WRs this year in Joe Jurevicius and Jerome Pathon, but it's unclear if either of them or Bobby Engram can adequately fill the #2 WR role that used to be held by Koren Robinson. Davis would bring some much needed speed to the Seahawks offense, so this is a deal that might make some sense if Seattle is willing to part with anything of value.

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7. IDP: DEN - LB Terry Pierce Hoping To Make An Impact This Year

Clipped from: Rocky Mountain News article by Lee Rasizer, 7/9/05

Circumstances, to some degree, have worked against Terry Pierce since the Broncos selected him with their second-round pick in the 2003 draft.

At the time, Al Wilson's contract was up and his future with the organization sketchy. Pierce was a fall-back option who became less necessary when Wilson signed a long-term deal as the team's middle linebacker, Pierce's natural position.

Injuries also have gotten in Pierce's way: a torn pectoral muscle in 2003, a knee injury in training camp last year. And his weight, at times, has been an issue for coaches.

And with the Broncos having reacquired Ian Gold to play alongside Wilson and second-year stalwart D.J. Williams, there appear to be significant road blocks to Pierce playing this season, especially with less talk now about the Broncos using a 3-4 alignment.

But defensive coordinator Larry Coyer believes it's time Pierce makes an impact in some fashion. The coach said Pierce can start doing so on special teams and by being a "multiple-position guy," which Pierce already has done by working at outside linebacker last season.

"It's time to play," Coyer said. "He's a big, strong guy. I think he's been through the peaks - and the valleys, mostly. But I think the guy knows what it takes to play. He knows what it's going to take. He also knows it's competitive. But this guy's got it in him."

Pierce has appeared on defense in eight games the past two years and remains Wilson's primary backup entering training camp later this month.

"The whole deal is just throwing all the past back, putting her down and let's see what happens," Coyer said. "I think he's done that. I think he's doing it right now."

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After 2 straight playoff losses to Peyton Manning, the Broncos were expected to shift to more of a 3-4 defense this year with Pierce lining up at ILB next to Al Wilson. While that remains a possibility, the Broncos appear more likely to stick with a base 4-3 this year, and that likely means that Pierce will go back to being a backup. Pierce is a solid defender against the run, but doesn't offer much in the way of speed or playmaking ability. He'll provide solid depth for the Broncos, but may need to wait until he reaches free agency to get a chance to make an impact in the league.

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8. IDP: DEN - DE Courtney Brown Gets Second Chance

Clipped from: Rocky Mountain News article by Jeff Legwold, 7/9/05

When (Courtney) Brown was released by the Cleveland Browns on March 15, most teams knew the potential, knew what they had seen five years ago when they put the 6-foot-4, 285-pound former Penn State defensive end on top of the draft boards.

But most teams also shied away from too vigorous a pursuit of Brown because of the injuries that have slowed his development, including a torn ligament in his left foot that kept him out of 14 games last season. He has played in 16 games in a season only once in his career, and that was as a rookie.

Still, Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs thought Brown had so much "stuff" in him that Gibbs and assistant coach Greg Blache flew to Cleveland in March to try to woo Brown the same day the Browns had released him.

But around the league there is a certain lottery mentality to free agency. Some teams often think no matter what has happened, they will be the one to create the right set of circumstances for a player who hasn't met his potential to find it all.

And those who pursued Brown, including the Broncos, do not point to all of the missed time, but rather to a seven-game stretch in 2003 when Brown had six sacks and forced three fumbles.

The Broncos got their first full look at Brown's on-field work in person this week in two full-team mini-camp workouts - it was his first full-speed activity in the defense since he arrived - and gave him high marks.

"I think everybody knows what type of ability he has, how hard he works," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "Hopefully, he'll stay healthy this year, and he's done everything he possibly could do in this off-season to give himself a chance."

In that light, Shanahan has answered almost every query about the team's pursuit of Brown with "all you have to do is turn on the tape."

Brown had failed his physical in Cleveland before the Browns released him. He has since done the rehabilitation on his left foot in Denver. The Broncos limited his participation in their May and June mini-camps, but he took part fully in this week's work and is expected now to begin training camp without any problems.

With the addition of Brown, the Broncos have moved Pryce, who is returning after missing 14 games in '04 because of back surgery, to right defensive end - a speed rusher position - much of the time and will put Brown at left defensive end. Brown will play as a power rusher on the defensive left, going against bulkier right tackles who often have help from a tight end.

The feeling around the Broncos is that, despite their No. 4 ranking in total defense last season, they weren't consistent enough in their pass rush. Their 38 sacks put them 14th in the league, and six of the sacks came against the Tennessee Titans, who were playing almost all reserves in the offensive line. Reggie Hayward had 10.5 sacks, and he left for Jacksonville in free agency.

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Courtney Brown has had a very rough career that has been plagued by injuries. It's a shame that a player with his talent and ability hasn't been able to stay healthy for more than a half a season at a time. Hopefully, for him and Broncos fans, this will be his year. He's solid rushing the passer and defending the run, and should be a great addition for the Broncos if he can just stay on the field. The Broncos certainly could use an impact pass rusher after losing Bert Berry and Reggie Hayward to free agency in each of the past two seasons.

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9. IDP: MIN - Linebacker Situation Unclear; Secondary Concern

Clipped from: NFL.com article by Adam Schefter, 7/8/05

After undergoing one defensive makeover this offseason, the Vikings are plotting for the possibility they might have to undergo another.

The team is heading to training camp July 29 at Minnesota State University uncertain of how it will line up its linebackers. It would like to play newly acquired Napoleon Harris at strong-side linebacker, Sam Cowart at middle linebacker and Dontarrious Thomas or Raonall Smith at weak-side linebacker. However, the Vikings are concerned about Thomas' and Smith's youth and inexperience. If neither of those linebackers is able to handle the weak side, it could necessitate Minnesota shuffling its entire linebacking corps.

One of the backup plans is to slide Cowart to the weak side and E.J. Henderson to middle linebacker while leaving Harris at strong side. But defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell also is contemplating another alignment that would feature Henderson on the weak side, Harris in the middle and Cowart or Keith Newman at strong-side linebacker.

The bottom line is: Camp will determine how the Vikings line up on opening day against Tampa Bay.

SECONDARY CONCERN: During the Vikings' most recent minicamp, two of the team's starting defensive backs from last season, safety Corey Chavous and cornerback Brian Williams, were missing due to contract holdouts. But the Vikings front office has been told each player will end his holdout and report to the team in time for training camp.

The Vikings need them. With all the defensive changes -- and there will be at least five new starters and possibly as many as seven -- Chavous is expected to start at safety and be one of the defensive leaders. Williams lost his starting job to free-agent acquisition Fred Smoot, which is one of the reasons he was upset. But Williams is expected to play nickel back, a position where he will hope to have the solid season that propels him into free agency after this season.

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The Vikings could have one of the best defensive lines and secondaries in the NFL, but the linebacker group is still very unsettled. They have definitely upgraded the talent level this year by trading for Napoleon Harris and Sam Cowart, but it appears they are still sorting out exactly what position they want everyone to play. This will be an important team for IDP owners to watch in the preseason, as whoever winds up starting at MLB and WLB could put up some nice numbers and may not be too expensive to get. The value of the Vikings team defense will certainly be helped with Chavous and Williams in the lineup.

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10. IDP - USC DT Manuel Wright Draws Mixed Reviews

Clipped from: LA Times article by Sam Farmer, 7/9/05

Now, NFL teams can feel USC's pain.

Both have been let down by Manuel Wright.

Wright, the former Trojan defensive tackle eligible for selection in Thursday's supplemental draft, put on a lackluster performance Friday during a private workout at USC before scouts from virtually every NFL team. "It was a microcosm of what he did in college," one team executive said. "Some good, some bad."

Even though Wright ran a 4.97-second 40-yard dash - impressive for a 6-foot-5, 329-pound man - several scouts noted he was not in top shape and looked overly winded between drills. He finished by bench-pressing 225 pounds 16 times, roughly 10 repetitions fewer than scouts typically expect from a top defensive-line prospect.

Most teams had one or two representatives at the workout, but Miami sent five, among them its general manager, defensive coordinator and defensive-line coach, who conducted some of the drills for Wright. The Dolphin contingent didn't stick around to watch the end of the workout, however, casting doubt on how much the team is willing to give up for him.

The consensus of several scouts Friday was that Wright will be selected in the third round.

The highlight of Wright's workout occurred on the track, when, after grabbing his right hamstring and aborting his first 40, he came back and turned in two good times. "I was showing I had heart," he said. "Showing I could ride it out and stick with it."

Wright had an inconsistent career with the Trojans, one marked by flashes of excellence on the field and frequent academic struggles. He was a backup behind first-round pick Mike Patterson and second-rounder Shaun Cody. Wright was slated to be a starter in this his junior season. He applied for the supplemental draft, though, even before learning whether his grades would be good enough to keep him eligible.

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Wright isn't likely to make much of a fantasy impact anytime soon, but some team will likely give up a 3rd or 4th round pick for him. The Dolphins certainly seemed to be the most interested with 5 representatives at the workout, however, it sounds like he may have hurt himself by not showing up in top physical condition.

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11. IDP: GB - Packers Unlikely To Budge For DT Grady Jackson

Clipped from: ESPN.com article by Len Pasquarelli, 7/8/05

It's a good bet the Green Bay Packers will stand firm with nose tackle Grady Jackson, who is entering the final year of his contract and who suggested this week through his new agent, the ubiquitous Drew Rosenhaus, he might not report to camp without an extension. Fact is, the Packers don't have much choice. The NFL collective bargaining agreement stipulates that if a team makes an adjustment to a player's contract, it can't do anything to raise the cap value of the deal for 12 months. Since the Packers gave Jackson at least one advance on his base salary in recent months, there really isn't much they can do now.

Even if there was some wiggle room, Green Bay isn't likely to enjoy having Rosenhaus point another negotiating gun to its head (he also represents star wide receiver Javon Walker, another potential camp holdout), and wouldn't be apt to add time to the contract of a player who is 32, coming off two straight seasons in which he underwent knee surgery, and has a history of weight problems.

That said, the Packers' run defense could be suspect even with Jackson and might be downright flimsy without him. Plus, if Jackson isn't in camp, the organization won't have the opportunity to monitor his girth. The tackle spot certainly is an area of concern in Green Bay. The starting "under" tackle, Cletidus Hunt, skipped most of the offseason program for the second consecutive year. His lack of production after landing a fat contract two years ago, and a documented disinterest in the conditioning program, is maddening to the coaches. Green Bay has five other tackles on its roster and none has more than two seasons of NFL tenure. The quintet, in fact, totals just eight starts, 45 tackles and 5.5 sacks. But one or more of the youngsters is going to have to step up.

Perhaps the most promising of the bunch, former undrafted free agent Cullen Jenkins, had a pretty nice year in 2004, with 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks. But he is going to have to demonstrate more consistency this season. Donnell Washington, a third-round pick in '04, didn't play a single snap his rookie year. James Lee, who missed his 2003 rookie campaign, has been on injured reserve twice in two years. Colin Cole is a former practice squad player and rookie A.J. Lindsay is an undrafted free agent.

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When Mr. Pasquarelli talks, you'd do well to listen. The Packers went into the offseason with a surplus of defensive tackles, but could be dangerously thin if they have to play much without their two projected starters Grady Jackson and Cletidus Hunt. Jackson is an integral component of the team's run defense, but it looks like the Packers couldn't give him any more money even if they wanted to since they last adjusted his contract less than 12 months ago. We'll continue to monitor this situation for you and let you know of any updates.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Have a great day and we'll see you tomorrow with the update.

J

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